A Comment on Hayek

Jennifer Schuessler has a fascinating essay on the forgotten history of Friedrich von Hayek’s American enthusiasts (“Hayek: The Back Story”) in the July 11 The New York Times Book Review.  She details a cartoon version of The Road To Serfdom based on a condensed version of the text published in a mass edition by Reader’s […]

‘A Machine With a Single Spring’

The recent verdict and sentence announced in the trial of Khmer Rouge prison warden Kaing Guek Eav calls the world’s attention, however fleetingly, to the experience of Cambodia in the Pol Pot years. The Khmer Rouge seized complete control of Cambodia in April 1975 and embarked upon a methodical four-year attempt at a reconstruction of […]

‘These nasty vessels’ : Was the BP Oil Disaster Forseen in Andre Breton’s Soluble Fish?

I am in the process of reading Ferdinand Alquié’s The Philosophy of Surrealism (an important book I hope to return to in the near future) and came across the striking passage below from André Breton’s Soluble Fish (1924). Alquié includes this brief excerpt while discussing water imagery in the section titled “Derealization” of Chapter 2, […]

Marxist Scholars: Paresh Chattopadhyay

The list of contemporary academics producing scholarship on Marx worth reading is, sadly, a short one. Paresh Chattopadhyay, however, has a secure place on it. Chattopadhyay, a faculty member of the Department of Sociology of the University of Montreal, has made an interesting intellectual journey from close association with the thought of Charles Bettelheim, a […]

‘Capitalist Rule Is Caught In Its Own Trap’

Capitalist rule is caught in its own trap, and cannot ban the spirit that it has invoked. —Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet (1915) *** I don’t often express enthusiasm about the appearance of new left groups, but I have come across a case in which I’m at least willing to withhold judgment. The International Luxemburgist […]

Castoriadis in Translation

David Ames Curtis has long been identified with the work of philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997), one of the founding members of the French revolutionary group Socialism or Barbarism, which published an influential journal from 1949 to 1965. Curtis has championed Castoriadis’s writings and has been responsible for most of the translations that have published in […]